Anyone who has been following the runways this past week knows we are going chameleonic next spring with accessories. What does that mean exactly — do we have to buy all new baubles to work with our new dresses? Not really, and yet, maybe. While many of the necklaces and cuffs were color coordinated with the clothes, there were several designers who showed the same accessories with different looks. Tory Burch was one and made a smart statement about using jewelry as a starting off point rather than noting it at the finishing line.
Variations on this theme included the syncopated pins dotting the looks at Milly and the charmingly kitschy necklaces at Anna Sui — whimsy goes a long way to underscore summer fun.
At the other end of the rainbow are the designers who incorporate jewelry into their runway show as part and parcel of their overall aesthetic. How satisfying is it to view each and every offering at Oscar
de la Renta? There is always something for everyone in his shows. While ODR is in the business of selling fashion from top to toe, the jewelry still speaks to the looks in an intimate, integral way. Spring 2012 showed in wonderfully practical shades of red, black, and white, what the designer has done best: dressing a woman, completely and utterly. No need to worry about the details, love, we’ve done that for you.
One more note on color. I want to recommend a wonderful book about the jewelry-loving interior decorator, Muriel Brandolini. Her sense of hue and form for a room is no less breathtaking than some fabulous, glittering creation by jewelry designer, James de Givenchy of Taffin. Funny how creative minds think alike. Muriel owns and displays several pieces of James’ delights in her new book, The World of Muriel Brandolini. Page after beautifully illustrated page demonstrates just how color and texture assemble a rhythm or mood in a room. It is an inspirational read for the coming fall and winter so that by spring, when the first warm day comes along, you’ll be hued-up for anything.